Stalking, Bowhunting, Safari
Notoriously dodgy, hippopotamus is one of the best big game hunts offered from an African safari.
Did you know that the hippo has killed more people than all of Africa's big 5 combined?
There is a reason why they are considered dangerous big game. Like an American football player, these heavy linebackers can get down and charge, running up to 30km/hr!
Shifts in winds and scents can turn a grazing hippo into a panicked maniac, charging through anything that is between where they are standing and their protective, beloved water source.
Although their density and short legs hinders them from being good swimmers in deep bodies of water, they the local water, which they know very well, as protection, a fluid sanctuary.
Hippopotamus have very thick skin, approximately 4-6 cm thick, a thick fat layer, followed by deep, dense red meat; imagine thousands of pounds of muscle.
Hunters really only have the tiny range of the ear and eye to shoot for, a bobbing target and only exposed part of a swimming hippo. Long distance, accurate target practice is a must before this big game hunt.
Scientific name: Hippopotamus amphibious
Size: height: 2.8 – 4.2 m
Weight: 1,500 – 1,800 kg
Lifespan: 50 years
Methods: Stalking, Safari, Bowhunting